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Old Feb 8, 2005, 11:00 PM   #1
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Here are a few shots of the downy woodpecker, both male and female taken on a snowy and overcast day

MALE (300/2.8;ISO800;1/800;cropped)



FEMALE (weighing out the climb)


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Old Feb 9, 2005, 2:45 AM   #2
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nice shots, how big are these birds, finch size???? Ive never seen a woodpecker, only the cartoon "woody woodpecker":-) and for some reason i imagined them to be a largish bird.
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Great shots as usual Norm. I especially like the way the background came out in the first one. Also, I like the detail in both.
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Old Feb 9, 2005, 11:28 AM   #4
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These are just great Normcar. Very sharp and framed wonderfully. I hope to someday get a good shot of the ones that visis my backyard. BTW I have a 1.4 TC now but I work such long hrs that I haven't used it much yet.

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Appreciate the comments and visit, thanks for looking at Woody and his mate.

Alady, these downy woodpeckers are about robin sized.

Houston, good luck with that 1.4x extender and I know exactly what you mean about hours. I don't even try to get out after work these days as it's too frustrating to work up into go mode and 10 minutes later having to pack it in.
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Old Feb 9, 2005, 5:26 PM   #6
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Great shots Norm. That fixed 300mm or a zoom?
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Old Feb 9, 2005, 9:05 PM   #7
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Stunning shots Norm. Wonderful detail. What 300 are you using? That is a good lense. Not to say at all that you didn't do your part.
Well done.
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Old Feb 9, 2005, 9:40 PM   #8
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Thanks fellas, that's my 300/2.8 non-IS that I'm hoping to trade or sell for the 500/4 in due time. It's extremely sharp but I'd like to have a bit more reach without having to use extenders. However, this one is a few pounds lighter than the 500/4.

The white balance is a touch off on these photos and I'd like not to have had to crop so much (lost details).
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Norm, your usual wonderful bird shots. You don't have bad shots - at least you don't post any bad ones...

You mentioned that these birds were about the size of robins but they'd have to be Hairy Woodpeckers to be robin-sized. Downy Woodpeckers are a little more than half the size of a robin and by the look of the short, stubby bills on these they are definitely Downy's.
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they'd have to be Hairy Woodpeckers to be robin-sized. Downy Woodpeckers are a little more than half the size of a robin and by the look of the short, stubby bills on these they are definitely Downy's.
I stand corrected geoff. I have both types here and posted before thinking since they both look so much the same, except for size of body and snout. The downys at this location are a little larger than a sparrow but I do have a couple of fairly large ones at this particular location.However, the hairys are robin sized or larger and have a longer snout. Here's a head shot of one of my hairy woodpecker's longer snouts (correct me if I'm wrong on this ident and thanks for the head's up on that info):




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